Last updated: 02/18/2021
COVID-19 Testing Requirements for Travel to the United States
On January 26, 2021 a CDC order on pre-flight COVID-19 testing for all international travelers to the United States went into effect. The new CDC order requires all aircraft passengers, with very limited exceptions, age two and over departing from any foreign country with a destination in the United States to have a negative COVID-19 test within the three days before their flight to the United States departs, or three days preceding departure of the initial flight if the passenger is arriving via one or more connecting flights. In addition, the traveler must show written or electronic documentation of their negative test result to the airline or provide documentation of recovery from COVID-19 in the form of a positive viral test result and a letter from a licensed health care provider or public health official stating that the passenger has been cleared for travel. Please review the CDC website for more information: CDC COVID-19 Testing Requirements.
CDC will consider individual waivers of the COVID-19 testing requirement in exigent circumstances where emergency travel is required to preserve health and safety (e.g., emergency medical evacuations) and where pre-departure testing cannot be accessed or completed before travel. Although requests for a waiver that meet all the criteria will be given due consideration, the CDC expects that waivers will be rare. There are no waivers available for individuals who test positive for COVID-19. Individuals or air carriers seeking to allow boarding by potentially qualifying individuals who believe they meet the criteria for a waiver should contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate. U.S. Citizens should send an email to ACSTashkent@state.gov and non-U.S. Citizens and Legal Permanent Residents should send an email to ConsularTashkent@state.gov.
The following information must be provided for each passenger before a waiver will be considered.
- Name (family name/surname, given name), passport number and country
- Cell phone number including country code of passenger or head of household if family unit
- Email address of passenger or head of household if family unit
- U.S. destination address
- Is U.S. destination home address?
- Departure date
- Flight itinerary
- Name of submitting entity if different from passenger
- Name of company submitting on behalf of passenger(s) (if applicable)
- Name of point of contact submitting on behalf of passenger(s) (if applicable)
- Phone and email address for POC submitting waiver request on behalf of passenger(s) (if applicable)
- Purpose of travel to the U.S. (provide brief explanation of why urgent travel is needed and how travel will contribute to health and safety of passengers(s))
- Justification for testing waiver (e.g. no testing available, impact on health and safety)
- Documentation to support justification for test waiver, if available (e.g. medical records or orders for medical evacuation)
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*** Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel. Alternatively, travelers to the U.S. may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel. Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.
- The number of COVID-19 cases in Uzbekistan has declined since its peak in late summer 2020. However, the virus is still prevalent and new cases are being reported throughout the country. Currently, schools continue to operate in-person, groceries and household supplies are readily available with good distribution and open stores. Large gatherings and major religious services have been officially discouraged.
- Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Uzbekistan? Yes
- If so, are test results reliably available within 72 hours? Yes
- COVID-19 PCR tests are available at clinics and medical facilities throughout Uzbekistan. The cost of testing is typically between 200,000 and 350,000 Uzbekistani Soum ($20-$35 USD), and is paid by the patient prior to testing. U.S. citizens should inquire with the local government (Mahalla) or hotel for the nearest clinic. The following link includes a list of known clinics in Tashkent that provide PCR tests: https://uz.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/covid-19-testing-facilities/
- Test results are generally returned via the messaging app Telegram, or through clinic-specific patient portals.
COVID-19 Vaccine Information:
- Has the government of Uzbekistan approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use? Yes
- The United States Government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas. Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.
- According to the Uzbekistan Ministry of Health, Uzbekistan is making preparations to receive doses of the Pfizer and BioNTech vaccines. (http://ssv.uz/ru/news/uzbekistan-poluchit-100-tysjach-doz-vaktsiny-pfizer-i-biontech)
- Information from the CDC regarding COVID-19 vaccination.
Entry and Exit Requirements
- Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes
- U.S. citizens are permitted to enter Uzbekistan but usually need a visa. Please see the Country Specific Information on travel.state.gov for more details.
- Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes
- A negative PCR COVID-19 test is required for entry within 72 hours of the initiation of travel to Uzbekistan.
- Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes
- Arriving passengers must complete a health screening form upon arrival.
- Arriving passengers are also subject to a rapid antigen test at the airport upon arrival regardless of PCR test status. This test is conducted at the passenger’s expense and is currently 95,000 soum (approximately $9). Passengers must wait for results before being allowed to leave the airport. If passengers are positive, they are sent to a local medical facility for treatment and quarantine.
- Visa renewal processes for U.S. citizens currently in Uzbekistan has resumed normal operations.
- Is a curfew in place? No
- Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No
- Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes, if they test positive on a PCR test after arrival.
- Until March 1st: Anyone who has been in Austria, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands. Denmark, the United Kingdom, Australia, and South Africa during the last 14 days is not allowed to enter or transit.
- U.S. citizens are not required to quarantine if they test negative on a PCR test after arrival. If they test positive, they will have to go to a government quarantine facility or to their own private residence (“stay-at-home”); they will not be able to go to a hotel, as hotels will not take COVID-19 positive travelers. After two weeks and a negative test, they will be released from quarantine or stay-at-home.
- Please note that this PCR after arrival does not free travelers from having to take a PCR test before departure to Uzbekistan. All travelers still need to have a negative PCR test within 72 hours prior to initiating travel to Uzbekistan.
- Are commercial flights operating? Yes
- Is public transportation operating? Yes
- Masks are required in all forms of public transportation and taxis.
Fines for Non-Compliance
- Fines exists for non-compliance of mask-wearing and quarantine violation.
- American Citizen Services are currently being offered. Please contact ACSTashkent@state.gov.
- Only emergency and Mission-critical IV and NIV services are currently being offered. Please contact TashkentIV@state.gov or (for NIV) ConsularTashkent@state.gov.
- 103 is the number to call an ambulance from a phone in Uzbekistan.
- 1003 is the hotline for medical questions related to COVID-19, with information provided in Russian and Uzbek only.
- The Government of Uzbekistan has also established an official Telegram channel for information on COVID-19 related measures. The channel can be found at https://t.me/koronavirusinfouz. Please note that downloading the Telegram messaging application is necessary.
- Should any official Uzbek government online resources become available to the general public, this section will be updated.
- Other links:
- COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/covid-19-information.html
- CDC page on COVID-19: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
- Travel.state.gov Country Information and Travel Advisory page: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/International-Travel-Country-Information-Pages/Uzbekistan.html